Tag Archives: COVID-19 pandemic

Brownie Troop Takes Action to Clean Up Colorado Parks

Submitted by Amanda Johnson

Metro Denver

Denver

Did you know that Colorado parks are being used twice as much as usual during the COVID-19 pandemic? Our Girl Scout Brownie troop noticed people were using parks more. We were excited about people loving our outdoor spaces until we observed that more use is bringing more litter.

Our third grade Girl Scout Brownies from Willow, Inspire, and Polaris Elementary Schools wanted to learn more. They researched litter online, conducted science experiments about litter’s impact on our environment, and learned about trash pollution from an expert at Denver Solid Waste Management.

Through our investigation, we learned the best ways to prevent litter are:

  • Remove existing litter. Seeing litter already accumulated in a park makes it likely others will also litter.
  • Encourage people to feel a connection to their parks. People who do not feel a sense of ownership for a park, or who believe someone else will clean up after them, are most likely to litter.

Our Brownies were inspired to take action!

We are organizing “Love The Earth Park Clean Up” the week of September 5-11, 2020. We are encouraging our neighbors to work with us in picking up litter in local parks with social distancing. If we all do a little ourselves, together we can love our earth and make a big difference!

Girl Scouts who participate can earn a special fun patch. Visit our website to learn more: http://troop65750.com/parkcleanup/

Our Brownies are working on our Outdoor Journey. We met virtually throughout the summer and once to record our videos. The girls thought creatively about how to create an event with a lot of people, but still have social distancing.

As a leader, I’m proud of their go-getter attitudes and leadership in creating “Love the Earth Park Clean Up.”

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouts Continues

Submitted by Erin B.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

At the beginning of this pandemic, I delivered cookies to our Hometown Heroes- the people that work at our local Waste Management Recycling Center. They were stunned to find out that our troop chose them as our heroes. They truly are heroes, still working during the pandemic to collect recycling and doing what they can to help make our community and earth a better place for everyone. By recycling, they already do what Girl Scouts are taught to do.  After we delivered the cookies, they called my mom and I for an interview for their internal WM podcast for their employees nationwide. It was amazing to see how appreciative they were for being recognized as unsung heroes.

I’ve completed several badges and patches to keep me busy. I look forward to being together again with my troop. Some of us are attending the outdoor theatre hike put on by Theatre Across Borders. They have actors along a trail at the Fountain Nature Creek. Groups of ten or less leave at timed intervals to walk the trail. They encounter the actors and watch the scene at each play stop along the route. We are able to get outdoors, can socially distance, and still be together to do a fun hike with an outdoor play experience. I’m trying to keep active and remember that I’m not the only one stuck at home.

The pandemic is bad enough, but then to have the tragic death of George Floyd. I wanted to organize a peaceful protest with my troop and show support for justice in the George Floyd incident, and also show support for our local police officers. I organized a protest outside a local police station on Goddard Street. We showed our support for our police officers and showed our support for Justice for George Floyd. I wanted to show that even as a young tween, I too have strong ideas of how to make a difference and show support- without having to resort to violence.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Virtual Summer Activities

Submitted by Bree Dulaney

Metro Denver

Centennial

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Juniors from Troop 61608 opted for continuity during this odd time and kept their semi-monthly meetings going, but virtually.

During the summer, we normally do a lot of outdoor activities, but since we were practicing social distancing, the girls voted on their favorite activities we could do while meeting online. Canvas & cupcakes, rock painting, chalk, and string art have been accomplished. Stargazing, glow sticks dance party, COVID-19 time capsule, and obstacle course are yet to come!

The girls have done great with adapting to “the new norm!”

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Game Ready

 

Submitted by Kimberly Foster

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Robyn is a Cadette in Troop 43530 and plays travel softball. She made 12 masks with the help of her grandmother, so that her team could play and be in compliance with the new COVID-19 guidelines.

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has partnered with Feeding America, a network of local food banks across the United States, for a nationwide mask-making campaign. All girls have the chance to step up to help their friends, neighbors, and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Graduating Seniors Funds Extension Guidelines

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of many programs and activities that 12th grade Girl Scouts had planned for spring/summer 2020: extended travel, bridging-to-adult ceremonies, camping, Gold Award projects, and other Girl Scout activities. In response to this current situation, GSCO will allow a one-time extension for 12th graders to use Girl Scout money-earned funds to reschedule these cancelled activities into the next membership year.

  • To meet the needs of troops/groups or girls who had plans for spring/summer 2020 that were interrupted due to COVID-19, the deadline to use the funds will be extended to August 31, 2021.
  • All participants must maintain a current membership.
  • All activities and use of funds must be directly tied to the mission of Girl Scouts and be permitted by GSCO.
  • After September 30, 2020, these young alums may not participate in the Fall Product or the Cookie Program, and they may not do any additional money-earning to finance activities planned for the 2020-2021 membership year.

Gold Award Project Funds

The single exception to this guideline is money-earning for Gold Award projects: funds intended to be used toward Gold Award projects must be raised and used by December 31, 2020.

  • Girl Scouts is offering a three-month deadline extension from September 30 to December 31, 2020 for Girl Scouts who are graduating from 12th grade and who seek to earn the Gold Award this year. These Girl Scouts will bridge to adults officially on October 1, 2020 and, without this extension, would be no longer eligible to earn the Gold Award.
  • Funds intended to be used toward Gold Award projects must be raised and used by December 31, 2020. Girl Scouts should follow local GSCO guidelines and procedures for highest awards.

Download the full details from our website.

Going for Gold?

GSUSA has extended the timeline for graduating seniors to finish their Gold Award projects. Girls who graduated in spring 2020 now have through December 31, 2020 to complete their project.

The first Gold Award requirement is to attend an official Gold Award training. If you still need to take training, check out the GSCO Events page for upcoming in-person and webinar training dates.

Have you already taken official Gold Award training but have not yet submitted an initial proposal? Would you like to talk over your project idea with someone before you submit or ask questions about the proposal?  Reach out to Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org for help getting started on your project.